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1996 Dodge Neon

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1996 Base 2dr Coupe
most popular
Price:   -  From $9,795
1996 Base 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $9,995
1996 Highline 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $11,300
1996 Highline 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $11,500
1996 Sport 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $12,500
1996 Sport 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $12,700


A basic tenet applies to subcompact and compact cars: They are designed to provide economical transportation and hold the frills. What you get in return for minimal dollars is an engine, four wheels, seats and a roof overhead. Refinement, luxury touches and driving pleasure cost money, more than most manufacturers competing in this particular market think they can persuade you to spend? That doesn't mean these little machines are deficient. They meet the same safety and antipollution standards as larger cars do, they're generally well-built, and get the job of moving passengers between points A and B done effectively. What they don't offer, however, is much in the way of personality. Except, that is, for the Dodge and Plymouth Neon. If any cars among the entry-level crowd deserve to be called "cute," the Neon twins are the likeliest candidates. They are fresh, perky and distinctive. But their appeal goes beyond looks; they are genuinely fun to drive and are spirited performers, arguably the best in this class. If that doesn't appeal to you, there are plenty of other choices. Look at the freshly redesigned Ford Escort and Mercury Tracer, Geo Metro, Toyota Tercel, Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Accent or Elantra, Mazda Protege, Chevy Cavalier, Pontiac Sunbird or any one of a number of others. Each of them is stingy with fuel and provides low-cost transportation, adequate (or better) interior room, and performance that's acceptable at the very least. Lots of choices here. Nevertheless, the Neon can compete with any of these worthies in terms of practicality, but adds its own distinct flavor to the field. On that basis alone, it's worth looking at.

Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L I-4 / 132 HP / 129 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.0L I-4 / 150 HP / 133 ft.lbs.
Standard: 5-spd man w/OD
Available: 3-spd auto
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
28 / 38 / 33 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Not Available
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.0L I-4 / 132 HP / 129 ft.lbs.
Available: 2.0L I-4 / 150 HP / 133 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
28 / 38 / 33 Mpg
Front Disc/rear Drum / 4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
12.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
171.8 "
Exterior Width
67.6 "
Exterior Height
54.8 "
Front Headroom
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,380 Lbs.
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
Exterior Mirrors
Manual Remote Driver, Manual Passenger / Dual Manual Remote
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm Stereo
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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